Federal authorities released information Thursday accusing former Fentress County Sheriff Chucky Craven of having sex with with female inmates and committing civil rights violations.
County Executive J. Michael Cross said he was shocked when he learned of the allegations this morning.
“We are disappointed in Sheriff Craven’s actions and Fentress County will continue to cooperate with the investigation,” Cross said. “Our focus right now is the day-to-day operations of the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office, the Fentress County government and of course our justice center.”
A meeting will be held May 1st to begin the process of finding someone to replace Cravens.
“We will use the assistance of CTAS to guide us through that,” Cross said. “Hopefully within the next 4 to 8 weeks will will get through the process and be able to name someone to fill out the term of sheriff Cravens.”
According to Cross, this is the first time that a Fentress County Sheriff has resigned for wrongdoing or for criminal allegations.
Cravens was first elected to office in 2010 and was re-elected to office in 2014.